MIVA BOXWOOD CRITERIUM, JULY 24TH. 2012
50 minutes plus 5 laps
Tonight was almost a repeat of last week, when Ontario Masters champion, Ian Scott lapped the field and took all the primes in the process. In a couple of respects however, it was different. After the first five laps, a break went, with Kyle Waring, Iain Hay and Mr. Scott.
This stayed for the next four laps and when the bell sounded for the first prime, the trio were still together, with Iain Hay hanging on by the skin of his teeth. When the riders appeared to contest the prime, Ian Scott was well ahead with Kyle towing Iain a few seconds behind. Ian Scott then went into time trial mode and dropped the other two. who were absorbed by the pack within the next couple of laps.
Then the bunch decided to work together and the glimmering of a real pace line started. They held Scott to 15 seconds for the next three laps but then the pace line disintegrated as some of the stronger riders were accelerating as they moved to the front instead of maintaining the pack speed (see article on MIVA web site). From then on, Scott took 5 seconds per lap and eventually lapped the rest as the bell sounded for the final prime. he continued to press his advantage and was ten seconds clear of the pack as he took the prime.
With two laps left, Scott continued to take more time out of the field and finally took the chequered flag about a lap and 20 seconds ahead of the pack. The sprint for second was easily won by Kyle, with John Lam third, also well clear of the remnants.
Next week, the criterium will be at Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre (click here for details). We suggest that all participants arrive early to get used to the somewhat narrow circuit.